Chernobyl, frame by frame

Updated: Apr 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
There are some things in life that come attached with a note of suspicion. And whatever be the arguments in its favour, a lingering touch of distrust remains. Something that may justifiably fall in this category is nuclear power.

Words that continue to rock the world, cause international disputes, wars, even its bogey can cause regimes to disappear And for those coming in touch directly, to often suffer immensely as well.

And the first name that springs to mind in this context is Chernobyl. As the world marks two decades of the horrific accident that occurred on April 26, 1986, in Ukraine, renowned photographer Robert Knoth exhibited some evocative images from the area. I wanted to record the history on nukes in Russia and be very critical about proposed plans by current governments all over the world on nukes, he says. He mounted an exhibition of his photographs, Certificate nr. 000358, which was on display at Delhis World Wildlife Fund Gallery recently.

I see the exhibition both as a photographic examination of the incident and a step to sensitise people about the dangers of nuclear power, Knoth adds.

Chernobyl and its surrounding areas remain scarred by the incident. The Ukrainian government states that even today 3.5 million people absorb Chernobyl's radioactive elements, mainly via the food chain.

A new generation of nuclear plants is coming up, including in India. Whether his pictures serve as a warning remains to be seen.